Shopify Partners FAQ

Here are some common questions we get asked about Shopify’s Partner Program. Read on to see if your question is answered here.

How does the Shopify Partner Program work?

The Shopify Partner Program gives you two great ways to generate revenue. One is to refer clients to us. You will receive a revenue share for each client you refer. The other way is to write and publish Shopify Apps. You can sell your apps on a subscription basis or for a one time fee. You can also offer your app for free in order to generate more exposure for your own company.

How do I become a partner of Shopify?

Simply sign up for a Shopify Partner Account. Once you’re a partner, you can submit apps to the Shopify App Store and also start signing clients up under your account. You’ll be earning a portion of the revenue Shopify earns from each client from the day you sign them up. Shopify will pay you via PayPal on a regular basis, provided you’ve achieved the minimum balance.

How will I get paid?

Credits to Partner accounts will be accumulated and paid out on the following schedule:

  • For all credits created between the 1st to and including the 15th of the month, payment will occur 5 business days after the 15th day of the month.
  • For all credits created between the 16th to and including the last day of the month, payment will occur 5 business days after the last day of the month.

Payments will be delivered to you via PayPal in USD. Any money owed to you will be paid out twice monthly as long as your balance is above $25 USD. If your balance is below $25, it will be held until the next payout period.

How do I hand over a development store to a client?

Follow this guide for Handing off development stores to clients.

Why can’t I install an app on a development store?

Free apps can be installed on the development store. To install an app that has a fee, the development store needs to be on a plan with a credit card on the account.


We have a list of Partner-friendly apps that are free to try in development stores. View apps

Why can’t I add a custom domain on a development store?

To add a custom domain to a shop, it needs to be on a plan with a credit card on the account.

How do I work on a live shop without affecting it?

Option 1: Work with a development store

  • From the live shop download the theme then upload the theme into your existing development store.
  • Now you can work on a copy of the live shop’s theme in a dev environment.
  • When you are ready to launch the updated theme, download the theme from the development store and then upload it to the Live Shop as the primary theme.

Option 2: Use a Theme Editor

An affiliate link is a unique URL to provide to your clients. Every partner receives their own unique affiliate link. When it's time to create your client’s store, log in to your Partner Dashboard and open a development store, or provide your client with your affiliate link. This will connect the client’s store with your Shopify Partner account, and let you track your affiliate income. To be paid a 20% monthly recurring revenue share for the merchants you refer, you must create a development store for them. If they sign up through your affiliate link, then you will be paid a 200% bounty commission on their subscription plan rate. This bounty will be paid out over the span of two months, with 50% of the total bounty paid each month.

How does app billing work?

Application billing is explained in full on our Documentation Application Billing.

I don't live in Canada. Can I still participate?

Yes! All we need to pay you is a valid PayPal account. We will make payments in USD.

If a client signs up for a trial account and upgrades, will I be paid for the upgraded plan?

Yes, the plan change will be reflected in your partner dashboard.

What information will I be able to track about my affiliated clients?

You can track who your affiliated clients are, the total revenue in that pay period generated by all your affiliated clients, and the total revenue to date from all your affiliated clients.

Why can’t I find out the revenue from each individual client?

We do not provide this statistic as it would be a violation of the client’s privacy.

Will I get any tools to help me promote Shopify to my clients?

Yes! Visit our Client Resources section of the website for brochures, flyers and information you can share with prospective and current customers. We also provide some creative Shopify banners and logos for you to use and suggestions for how to brand yourself as a Shopify Partner. We send out a monthly newsletter containing Shopify news, tips on how to promote Shopify, and any other important information. If there's anything in particular you think we could provide that would be valuable to help you sell, please contact your partner manager.

Is the amount I can earn capped?

No! You can collect on as many clients earning as much income as you can possibly manage. The way we figure it, if you’re earning, we’re earning.

What is included in the revenue share?

Everything you need to know about revenue share is outlined in our getting started guide.

If I referred a customer to Shopify before I signed up as a partner, can I still add them to my Referrals?

Contact your partner manager with the following information to see if they can add it to your account:

  • URL
  • account owner name
  • account owner email

Can I earn revenue on my own store?

Unfortunately, no. Collecting partner earnings on a store run by yourself in whole or in part is fraud and grounds for dismissal from the partner program.

I know my affiliated client stores have had sales in the last few weeks. Why doesn't my revenue seem to be increasing accordingly?

As a Shopify Partner you earn a revenue share with Shopify of your client's monthly Shopify bill, including transaction fees — for as long as they are a Shopify customer. If your client's Shopify store is using a third-party payment provider, Shopify plan Transaction fees will apply. We calculate the revenue owed to the partner based on invoices paid by the client. Once the invoice has been sent from Shopify to the client and the client has paid, you'll see your revenue tally start to accumulate.

What happens if I want to dispute an amount of revenue I’ve been paid? It seems like the amount I received should be more/less.

For any payment disputes, contact your partner manager with the full details of the issue. We’ll review your message and see what we can do to get it resolved.

Will there be more features coming in the partner system?

Yes! Just as with Shopify, we’re sneakily developing all kinds of useful features for the partner program that will magically appear on days when you least expect it. We’ll keep you updated on these upgrades right before they go live. If there’s any feature or functionality that you think would make the system rock, contact your partner manager.

What are the terms of service?

The terms of service are located here.

How do I cancel the program after signing up?

Please contact your partner manager.

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